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that is both surprising and rare. pope benedict xvi says he's too old to do his job. he's 85. spokespersons for the vatican say the pope cited his advance age and felt he could no longer fulfill his responsibilities. german cardinal joseph ratzinger was 78 years old when he became pope in april 2005 following the death of pope john paul ii. he was the oldest person to become pontiff in 275 years. benedict xvi was a conservative pope, he strongly opposed to birth control, but he embraced new forms of communication and joined twitter last year. pope benedict faced a string of challenges during his term from sexual abuse scandals involving the members of the clergy to an investigation into money laundering in vatican city. a court convicted his former butler last year of stealing and leaking classified documents that pointed to corruption in the vatican. the pope pardoned him over christmas. it's rare for a pope to resign. pope benedict is the first to quit in nearly 600 years. senior members of the catholic church will now start planning their conclave, the meeting they hold to choose a succe
, accusing it of spreading gossip and misinformation about pope benedict the 16th. one unconfirmed report suggested that the catholic pope stepped down after being given a gay clergy who were being blackmailed. benedict is due to step down on separate 28th. -- february 28. >> frankly, the italian people have been rather interested -- uninterested in the upcoming election. talk of homosexual priests and corruption is dominating the news. all of the reports are unsourced and unattributed. the dossier that was produced by these cardinals, commissioned by the pope, apparently is in a locked safe within the vatican and will he be handled over to pope benedict's successor when he is elected. there are all kinds of different allegations swirling around of corruption, money laundering, of homosexual clergy, homosexual clergy being blackmailed by people outside of the vatican. it is all real tabloid fodder and creating a feverish atmosphere here in the vatican leading up to the pope stepping down to just a couple of days. what the newspapers are trying to say is that the dossier should be publishe
. italians go to the polls. will these candidates garner enough to get a stable government? paul benedict the 16th reassures programs that he is not abandoning the roman catholic church. what change will this bring? >> we need to go now. >> will it be "argo" tonight at the oscars? welcome to the program. death by torture. that is what the palestinian government says arafat's jaradat died during an israeli prison. they say his death was from a heart attack. jaradat was arrested six days ago on suspicion of throwing stones and wednesday and israeli. his death has sparked thousands of palestinian prisoners on a 24 hour hunger strike. authorities say he had bruises and broken ribs and a bloodied nose. >> it is clear that jaradat was subjected to torture which led to his death. i give complete responsibility to israel. it is undeniable that the version of events from israel is made up. >> in my opinion, i blame the prison officers and the israeli prison services. it took them six days. they told him to say goodbye to your children. >> we are joined live from jerusalem. hello. we have seen peop
for one of the final blessings from pope benedict. he delivered a special prayer to the masses from his window overlooking st. peter's square. >> smiling and staring out in a fast cheering crowd, the traditional sunday appearance of the pope. not since six centuries has the pope told his followers he is resigning. this was to be his first address since the shock announcement six days ago. there were banners -- thank you very much, others said, we love you. his voice sounded clear and strong. he spoke in several languages. asking the crowd to pray for him and the next pope. in italian, he expressed gratitude. [spaking italian] >> your presence is a sign of your affection. i am deeply grateful. i thank the administration of rome and all the inhabitants of this lovely and beloved city. >> it has been a momentous, historic week for the catholic church. now the faithful are expressing their emotions by sheer numbers. st. peter's square is overflowing. earlier as people arrived, many of the crowds expressed their emotions. >> we have come to say goodbye. we were here when he was elected, and
years old. >>> pope benedict has just days left as the leader of the roman catholic church and their scandal as a transition begins towards a new pope. abc's david wright reports from the vatican. >> reporter: britain's cardinal keith o'brian will not attend the conclave because his presence would be a distraction. this weekend, a british newspaper reported that four scottish priests claim o'brian made unwanted sexual advances on them in the '80s. allegations o'brian denies. it's the latest of several scandals to threaten the dignity of this ancient process. other voting cardinals are known to have covered up for pedophile priests. l.a.'s roger mahoney for one, president obama's former ambassador to the holy sea suggested mahoney consider bowing out too. >> he has to decide for himself in terms of what is in the best interest of the church. >> reporter: then there's the italian papers. full of reports of a dossier prepared for the pope's eyes only. supposedly detailing a sex and blackmail scandal inside the vatican. this is beginning to sound like a dan brown novel. >> well
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